A "real honour" for Joseph's Goal Ambassador Roberto Martinez
Former Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez said it is a "real honour" to be part of Joseph's Goal, a local charity, set up to increase awareness of NKH (Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia) and to raise funds for research.
Joseph is from Wigan and has NKH, a very rare life-limiting genetic disorder that severely affects his development.
Speaking before the legends charity game between Wigan and Manchester City, Martinez said: "Joseph's Goal as a charity is a fantastic opportunity to sometimes take stock of life and almost look into the power of the figure of Joseph.
"He's such a brave boy and everyone around him shares so much love and that opportunity to help people around the community has been a real strength of the charity and if we can be involved it's a real honour."
Almost five years to the day, then Wigan captain, Emmerson Boyce carried out Joseph onto the Wembley pitch on the day Latics lifted the FA Cup trophy.
Before the charity legends match, Boyce said: "I keep calling Joseph my lucky mascot! He's been a big part of Wigan history let alone personally for me and I'm just happy to play my part today and hopefully it can encourage more people to take part in raising awareness and supporting the charity."
The match was hosted by Ashton Town AFC and both teams were all led out by hero Joseph Kendrick.
Wigan opened the scoring through Nathan Ellington. Famously known as the 'Duke', Ellington lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box to give Latics a 1-0 lead.
It was 2-0 before the break as Paul Scharner got in on the act. Gary Teale caused trouble on the left side and his cross found the head of the Austrian who powered home.
City got on the score sheet after half time as Ashton Town Manager, David Dempsey put a bullet header into the back of the net from close range.
Dempsey levelled the scoring soon after as he capitalised on a loose pass in the Wigan defence and he found the bottom left corner with a cool finish.
Jason Jarrett put Wigan back in front at 3-2 after he slotted the ball past the keeper in a one on one inside the area.
The game then turned on its head when City equalised through Chris Shucker before Dempsey got a hat trick to make it 4-3 with a just a few minutes remaining.
However, it was not over there as Ellington forced a draw with a free kick masterclass, as he found the top left corner to make it 4-4.